On January 7, 2010 after weeks of heavy snowfall and extremely low temperatures several Glenfiddich warehouses collapsed under weight of ice and snow.
Assessing the damage while looking at hundreds of maturing casks exposed to harsh weather conditions Brian Kinsman, the company malt master, found inspiration for Snow Phoenix. The expression comprises whisky from one damaged warehouse aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks from 13 to 30 years. Bottled unchill-filtered at 47% abv with an outrun of 60 000 bottles.
Nose: rich with distinctive sherry notes, vanilla, toffee, lots of apples and pears, sweet pastry, coconut flakes, traces of orange zest and oak.
Palate: quite complex, malty and nutty, vanilla, honey, nutmeg, candied ginger, baked apples, oak, hints of pepper and dark chocolate.
Finish: long and fruity with oaky spiciness and subtle sherry notes.